2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

June 11-13, 2024 | Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center

Stephanie Pazzaglia

Business Development Manager

JJ McDonnell


Stephanie has a lifelong passion for the seafood industry–one that she is fortunate to pursue and serve in many ways. From a young age she worked for her family’s wholesale and retail seafood company, where she was introduced to many aspects of the business.

After graduating with a degree in Marine Biology from Stockton University, she served as a research technician at the Stockton Marine Facility, then worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Shellfisheries.

Joining J.J. McDonnell in 2016, and took on the role as Business Development Manager in 2017. In 2021, she was elected acting chair of Sea Pact to serve two years–having served as a board member since 2019. Sea Pact is a group of leading North American seafood companies dedicated to driving stewardship and continuous improvement of social, economic, and environmental responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. Stephanie was appointed as chair of the commissioners of the Maryland Seafood Marketing Committee in 2023 as a voice from the industry's mid-supply chain. Stephanie was elected to serve a 3-year term as a Board of Director for the National Fisheries Institute starting in 2024.

Known for her deep knowledge about the industry, she enjoys connecting consumers with fishing boats and sourcing information, sharing insights that will help guide purchasing decisions to enhance customer’s business. She is passionate about responsible sourcing and education-based outreach–two key pillars of J.J. McDonnell. With her team, she helps brainstorm creative approaches to build client knowledge. Along with education and outreach Stephanie is highly engaged with the industry, from commercial fishermen interactions to government and industry relations.


Wednesday, June 12

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Let’s Rock the Boat: A Voyage into the World of Sustainable Seafood

Breakout Session 2

What innovative solutions exist for managing seafood waste? In an era when environmental concerns are at the forefront, understanding how sustainable seafood practices and seafood waste reduction intertwine is paramount for shaping a more sustainable food system. Our panel of experts will dive into the challenges and barriers that hinder efforts to reduce seafood waste, highlighting state-of-the-art approaches to ensure the health of marine ecosystems and meet the global demand for seafood – all while reducing waste. We'll examine the importance of sustainable sourcing, certification programs, and the role of consumers in driving positive change within the seafood industry.

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